How to Make
Your Own Candles

colorful votive candles

Welcome to The Candle Making Connection! I want you to enjoy candle making as much as I do and put this site up to help you as you explore this wonderful hobby.

Of course candlemaking wasn't always a hobby. It was a necessary household chore if the family was going to have light at night. Even though electric lights are much more convenient nothing has ever really replaced the warm glow of candlelight. I don't think anything can add an inviting ambience to a room as easily as lighting a few candles.

Obviously you can buy candles but there's something very satisfying about making your own. Perhaps it's because we connect with an earlier time when we do. It has the feeling of a self-sufficient life skill.

You also can make the type of candle you want. People become very creative as they gain experience.

Many people become involved with candle making because homemade candles are a wonderful gift that they enjoy giving. For all these and other reasons besides, making candles remains a popular hobby.

Other pages on this site will cover various details about candle making and also give you specific instructions for different types of waxes. You'll find pages that will cover making scented candles, decorated candles, dip candles and all other aspects of candle making. The required equipment is relatively simple. The basics are: wax, wicks, a mold and a double boiler. You can find these supplies at virtually any craft store, and of course you can order online.

The double boiler is absolutely essential. Never melt wax over an open flame!

Just to be clear (in case you're not a cook) a double boiler is a two-piece affair. It's basically one pot that holds boiling water and a second pot that rests either in or on top of the first one. Since the temperature of boiling water never exceeds the boiling point a double boiler prevents the wax from overheating and catching fire, which would be an extremely dangerous  event (duh).

If you're just getting started you can experiment with some old kitchen pots. When I first started making candles I used an old enamel pan to hold the water and melted the wax in a coffee can that I crimped a spout into. I use a coat hanger to make a bail handle. It worked just fine.

You can buy a commercial mold or try making your own. For example, I've made large square candles using a quart milk carton as a mold.

Whatever mold you use, the basic method is the same. You suspend the wick in the middle of the mold, melt the wax in the double boiler, then carefully pour it into the mode. In the milk carton example, I take one end of the wick to the bottom of the carton (since my hand wouldn't fit in the carton, I used a long handled spoon to push the masking tape into place) and I tied the other end to a pencil across the open end of the carton.

Allow the candle to cool overnight or at least six hours, then remove the mold.

As you can see, the basic method is pretty straightforward. However, by adding colors, fragrances, decorations, using unusual molds and so forth the creative possibilities are endless.

So again, welcome to The Candlemaking Connection. Enjoy your visit and come back often. Most of all, enjoy making your own candles and sharing them with your family.

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